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2018 Glenn Murcutt International Master Class

  • Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, ‘Riversdale’, south of Sydney NSW (map)

Masterclass: Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class

Tutors: Glenn Murcutt, Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury and Lindsay Johnston

Date:  Sunday 16 – Sunday 30 September  2018

Location: Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, ‘Riversdale’, south of Sydney NSW for the first week, the second week will be in Sydney.

Cost: The same as 2017 – AUS$7,500 + 10% GST – AUS$8,250 – includes tuition fees, twin share accommodation, excursions, lectures, coach transfers, and most meals (except free evenings in Sydney on the second week). Does NOT include international travel

Applications: You must submit an online application and be accepted to attend. Complete the application here

Contact: info@ozetecture.org

More information: Get a sense of the program from our testimonials

The 2018 Glenn Murcutt Master Class will be held 16 – 30 September at the same venues as previously. We welcome applications – early – and will be reviewing first round in early 2018.

About the Master Class

If you can afford the time and the money to come to Australia for the Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class – it will be a huge inspiration and possibly, as has been suggested by many previous participants, a ‘life changing’ experience. You will see some astoundingly good architecture and meet some great people, and it will bring you into an amazing international network of ‘alumni’ who keep in touch across the globe, fostering international visits and exchanges and communicating ideas and experiences. 

As an architect, seeking professional mentorship becomes more and more difficult as one moves beyond one’s own academic training.  The GMMC is a rare and invaluable opportunity to find such mentorship and fraternity. The experience will exceed your expectations and give you a rare and indelible opportunity to participate in something truly remarkable. Glenn Murcutt, Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury and Lindsay Johnston provide you a rare glimpse into the meaning, power and necessity for architecture. This truly is a rare experience, which will forever shape you as an architect.
– GD, AIA, Pittsburgh, PA USA.



The Glenn Murcutt Architecture Master Class in Australia has become an major annual event on the international architecture calendar. Started in 2001, architects and senior students from over 80 nations around the world have now traveled to Australia to participate in the two-week residential studio based program.

Since it was first held in 2001, the first week is held at ‘Riversdale’, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre on the awesomely beautiful Shoalhaven River south of Sydney. Participants have lived in what has been described as Glenn’s ‘Master Work’, spent time there with Glenn Murcutt, and experienced private visits to some of his famous houses. The second week in 2018, as in 2017, will be held in the showroom of Eco Outdoor, in a heritage building in the art and design precinct of Waterloo in Sydney. Glenn personally leads the Master Class, stays with the participants during the first week, and tutors all groups in both the first and second week.

You also meet other outstanding Australian architects Brit Andresen and Richard Leplastrier both, with Glenn Murcutt, Gold Medallists of the Australian Institute of Architects, award winning a widely published Peter Stutchbury who was awarded the 2015 Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects, and master class convener Lindsay Johnston, former Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Walk the rugged landscape with Glenn and Aboriginal Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison and gain insights into ‘touching this Earth lightly’.

Subject to confirmation, the program will include excursions with Glenn Murcutt to see houses such as the Simpson-Lee House at Mt.Wilson in the Blue Mountains. There will also be visits to see some very special houses by Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury. Details are yet to be finalised and are dependent on client consent to get access to these properties.

The intensive two-week design studio program involves a design project undertaken in groups and culminating, at the end of week two, with a design presentation by participants and a critique by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors. The studio program, associated lectures and supporting events equate to 150 hours high-level study at postgraduate level. The spirit of the event is that participation is the focus and there is no formal assessment. A certificate of satisfactory completion will be issued to all participants completing the program. Professional institutes and universities internationally have, over the years since its inception, accepted this event as gaining professional development or academic credit points.

As there are only 32 places available applications are assessed on credentials and merit, with preference to early applicants.

It is difficult to put into words what happened to me during those two weeks. Sharing work and free time with all of you was great, something I hadn’t done for a long time. It was also great to see that we could achieve something really good working with sensitive, talented people. Different situations and experiences added and freshened up the creative process. Great tutors with a positive frame of mind brought out the best in everybody. The students who helped us where amazing. I was astonished by the quality and sensitivity of all the final schemes. They were all interesting and original. Showing the great amount of the participants’ creativity and work and the sensible tutoring which made such outcomes possible. The country and the people amazed me – and best, I rediscovered that architecture might have a reason. Thank you all for sharing work, rooms or beers, in my group or the Master Class in general for the most wonderful time. I thought it was going to be a vacation, but it was busy as hell.
— – Diego Montero Espina, Practising Architect, Uruguay

The Tutors



This gallery offers a collection of images gathered over the 17 years of the Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass. This gallery focuses on ‘people’, capturing the diversity and commonality experienced by all who come to join this program. This master class in particular draws participants from all corners of the globe, creating a wonderful intercultural experience for all. Now with over 500 Alumni in over 80 countries this professional network is one of the greatest achievements of the Foundation.


This gallery offers a collection of images gathered over the 17 years of the Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass. This gallery focuses on ‘places’, locations visited by the participants over the years. Special places, beautiful houses and buildings. These places provide an insight into the richness of experiences and memories accessed by participants.


This gallery offers a collection of images gathered over the 17 years of the Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass. This gallery focuses on ‘projects’ completed by the participants during the master class. Sketches, models, drawings all gathered to demonstrate the breadth of content generated and the quality of output. These projects provide an insight into the richness of learning and discourse accessed by participants.

About Us

The Architecture Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, the chair of which is Australia’s most internationally regarded architect, Glenn Murcutt. The Foundation has been running Master Classes for professional architects and architecture students since 2001. Over 1000 people, young and old, have participated in our programs from over 75 nations around the world.

The centrepiece program is the annual two-week Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Classheld at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Centre ‘Riversdale’. Other professional Masterclasses have been held in New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland. An annual one-week Summer School for senior architecture students has been held each year in February at the Pittwater YHA since 2005.

Earlier Event: March 16
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